21 August 2013

RAEng Distinguished Fellow visits ACSE

One of the top leaders in Control Theory and Engineering, Professor Miroslav Krstic, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, San Diego, visits the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at Sheffield, with the financial support from The Royal Academy of Engineering. Professor Krstic hosted the first half of the EPSRC-funded one-year sabbatical of Professor Qing-Chang Zhong to foster long-term “best-with-best” international collaboration with top US researchers in control and power electronics last year.

Professor Krstic is the Director of the Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics at UCSD (http://flyingv.ucsd.edu/) and works on nonlinear, adaptive, and infinite dimensional control theories and many of their applications. He is a co-author of nine books, including the classic Nonlinear and Adaptive Control Design (1995), one of the two most cited research monographs in control theory, the recent single-authored Delay Compensation for Nonlinear, Adaptive, and PDE Systems (Birkhauser, October 2009), and six other books on control of turbulent fluid flows, stochastic nonlinear systems, and extremum seeking. Early in his career he developed controllers for two types of instabilities in jet engines: compressor rotating stall and combustor thermoacoustic oscillations. More recently, he has worked on flow control problems for aerodynamic drag reduction, control problems in fusion reactors, control of magnetohydrodynamic instabilities in plasmas, control of internal combustion engines, and source seeking for autonomous vehicles in GPS-denied environments. His past activities also include control of blade-vortex interaction on helicopter rotors, control of satellites and underwater vehicles, and control of biological and chemical reactors.

Professor Kristic lectures to the Department on Thursday 22 August at 2pm (Mappin Building, Lecture Theatre 1) on the Control of Partial Differential Equations and Delay Systems.